Increasing global population and the resulting demand for resources has produced severe impacts to much of the world’s natural infrastructure such as forests, prairies, agricultural lands, estuaries, coastal landscapes and wetlands. Healthy natural infrastructure offers many economic, environmental and social benefits – including productive fisheries along our coasts, increased biodiversity, improved storm resilience, recreation and tourism opportunities, improved water quality and enhanced scenic beauty. Healthy lands also offer the most productive means for removing carbon from the atmosphere, placing it where it can become a valuable component of soils, plants and ecosystems. Caterpillar, our unmatched dealer network and our customers are involved in complex restoration projects across the globe.
The global need for natural infrastructure restoration is staggering. The United Nations estimates that over 25 percent of the earth’s lands (an area approximately the size of the North American continent) are now considered to be “highly degraded” due to poor management practices that have resulted in deforestation, desertification, wetland destruction, severe erosion and contamination. As the earth’s population grows from 7 billion to over 9 billion in the next few decades, restoring the health and productivity of our natural infrastructure will become paramount for addressing the growing need for food, clean air and clean water. Caterpillar is committed to being a global leader of sustainable progress.
In November 2015, Caterpillar hosted a diverse set of thought leaders for the Restoring Natural Infrastructure Summit. From the presentations and discussions that took place at the event, Caterpillar has published a white paper detailing the participant observations and recommendations on the topic of natural infrastructure restoration.
The white paper, titled Restoring Natural Infrastructure: Strategies for Thriving Communities, Businesses and Ecosystems, addresses the current state of the natural infrastructure restoration industry and measures that could catalyze its development and expansion. Summarizing the notable observations and recommendations made during the Summit, the paper addresses policy needs, advocacy and awareness efforts, the business case for restoration and collaboration as a means forward.
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